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Japan offers strategic aid to PH
« on: June 19, 2022, 03:54:25 PM »
Japan offers strategic aid to PH
Frances Mangosing
June 16, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Japan has offered to assist the Philippines develop its own military-industrial complex via strategic technology transfers and outright equipment donations, a source at the defense department told the Inquirer on Wednesday.

The strategic aid was among the matters discussed during working group-level talks on security cooperation between Defense Assistant Secretary Jesus Rey Avila and Takahiro Araki of Japan’s Ministry of National Defense in Tokyo this week.

Tokyo is offering to help Manila develop its own armored vehicles, ammunition and satellites, among others, through a collaboration between and among Japanese and Philippine companies, the source said.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for instance, has offered to transfer technology and work with a local counterpart to manufacture parts for an entire armored vehicle, he said.

Japan also offered to donate to the Armed Forces of the Philippines an “over-the-horizon communication system,” a system composed of three batteries, which can cover the entire island of Luzon.

The source said Avila also met with the chief of staff of the Japan Self-Defense Air Force on air surveillance operations.

The talks were staged a few months after both countries agreed to expand defense cooperation.

The two countries’ foreign and defense ministers met in April to expand defense cooperation amid concerns over the situations in the East and South China Seas and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It was the first “2+2” meeting between the two US allies.